Wodonga Jewellers celebrates 70 years

Wodonga Jewellers owners David and Teresa McWaters have clocked up a significant milestone with their business celebrating 70 years this month.

Started by David's parents Gordon and Flora McWaters in 1951, the business continues to service the Wodonga community through benchwork as well as selling rings, jewellery and watches.

Flora McWaters used to tell the story how when opening Wodonga's first jewellers they took in more than 30 clock repairs within their first week.

"I remember mum saying that their first week or so they were staying back until three, four o'clock in the morning just to cut through them," David said.

"They were staying back until three, four o'clock in the morning just to cut through them. I took over in about 1998 but I started when I was 17."

David and Teresa have both been involved with the jewellery trade for more than 30 years.

"A lot of customer have become friends," he said.

"Now I'm starting to see engagement rings and wedding rings to the children I sold the parents' engagement rings and wedding rings to."

Wodonga Jewellers have held three locations in High St from opposite the Terminus Hotel to where the Benigo Bank is now and their current location at 139 High St.

"When mum and dad started, there was nothing up this end," he said.

"The post office and everything was up the other end. And gradually as the town grew, the retail spread this way."

 

 

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